Map of Banff

The Banff Springs Hotel is just over a mile away from the Canadian Pacific train station in Banff. In between, the town of Banff has numerous tourist shops, restaurants, and outdoor centers. This map shows the town and surrounding environment.

Click image to download a 2.4-MB PDF of this brochure.

Trail riding, bus tours, golf, swimming, fishing, boating, tennis, mountain climbing, photography, and dancing are just some of the activities the brochure invites guests to try. The brochure barely mentions the hot springs that first made Banff famous; by 1960, most tourists had better things to do than wallow in hot water.

The map also shows, in the center of town, Tunnel Mountain, a large hill that does not, in fact, have a tunnel. When surveying the route of the railway, Major A.B. Rogers, who was soon to be immortalized with the discovery of Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains west of Banff, proposed to build a tunnel through this mountain. Another surveyor said this would be “an extraordinary blunder,” and the railway found an alternate route that was shorter, with less grades, and didn’t need a tunnel. (Rogers Pass didn’t turn out to be so great either, as the railway soon built a 5-mile tunnel, and later a 9-mile tunnel, to avoid major snowfalls.)


Map of Banff — 1 Comment

  1. Hey, I liked wallowing in hot water! The springs were corralled at two points, Cave and Basin, where you could wallow in Canadian Government Approved hot pools. You just wanted to be upwind from the steam. It was really bad there with all the sulphur and who knows what other Government Approved chemicals. The brochure does make mention of the hot pools but it’s not like it must have been 50 years earlier. In 1960, everyone was off mountain climbing or riding horses for 20 miles a day. Eight or nine years after that brochure, I’d be the guy wallowing in hot water. 🙂


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